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Egyptian motifs on former cinema
at Church Street, Stoke
Location: 37/38 Church Street, Stoke - On the upper fašade of this former ballroom.
The building became almost derelict but in 2010 was refurbished and the Egyptian motifs were removed.
Date of installation: c.1930s
Previously (1880-1921) the site of a Music Hall and then a Cinema. In the mid 1920s the building was demolished.
On 31st December 1929 a new building on the site, with an Egyptian style fašade, opened as the New Rialto Ballroom. That appears to have operated until around 2000.
After lying derelict for the next decade the building was refurbished, the majority of the Egyptian motifs were lost. In 2010 it was re-opened as KdeeK Danceworks. The ground floor is occupied by retail businesses.
Additional information: Cinema Treasures
37/38 Church Street, Stoke - the upper fašade of this former ballroom became almost derelict.
the whole building, motif included, was very dirty in an advanced state of decay
This 1930s ballroom had a decorative relief cartouche on the centre of the upper fašade.
The cartouche is a winged circle flanked by a pair of cobras, the motif is Egyptian, the circle representing the sun.
The facing of second storey fašade has almost gone leaving a
few pieces of sculptural decoration as evidence that more once existed
Photos: Feb 2006
Part of work
|Artifical stone?, white colouring, also painted white
|60cm high x 200cm wide x 8cm deep approx
in 2010 the building was refurbished - most of the decoration and motifs were removed
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